YALAMEH Persian Rugs Properties:

Visibility: Carpets made in YALAMEH usually have curvilinear patterns.

Quality: YALAMEH are among the highest quality PERSIAN rugs and carpets produced in Eastern IRAN. They are well known for their patterns and smooth structure.

Size & Shapes: YALAMEH carpets come in different sizes, but the majority of them are mid-size (4 x 6 to 8 x 10 feet). You can also find large rugs up to 10 x 18 feet.

Color: Light blue and cream predominate, with ivory as a contrasting color. Other colors such as soft green, red, and brown are found in newer works.

Texture: Soft wool; thin, tight pile.

Foundation: Warp is mostly cotton; weft is either cotton or wool.

Knots: Weavers in YALAMEH use Persian knots. You should check the back of the carpet because the quality of the carpet depends upon the number of knots, which varies, but averages from around 120 KPSI (30 RAJ) up to 842 KPSI (80 RAJ).

Price: YALAMEH carpets are among the finest quality carpets, so expect to pay $7-$17 Per Square Foot (PSF) for a carpet from YALAMEH. Keep in mind that, as a rule, the higher the KPSI, the greater is the price.

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Where is YALAMEH ?


Yalameh is the name given to the colorful southern Iranian carpets woven primarily in and around the village of Aliabad in the southern Iranian province of Fars.

There is small village named Aliabad that produce Yalameh rugs, well known for top quality tribal rugs with beautiful diamond patterns, distinctive use of color, and imaginative designs. The local tribes are:


In the early nineteenth century, YALAMEH produced some very handsome and densely knotted rugs. These finest YALAMEH rugs have many beautiful colors and are skillfully divided into a lattice of diamonds that encloses a number of stylized geometrical animal, flower, and bird patterns. The following are courtesy of Barry O’ Connell at Spongobongo.com:

” One goal of the Pahlavid dynasty was the forced settlement of tribes (mostly Turkic) and their assimilation into a Persian culture. This resulted in new rug types. Yalameh was one of those groups. The group borrows from Kashqai, Afshar, Khamseh and Lur weaving.

Because the weavers are now settled in villages they use larger better looms producing rugs up to 6 by 10 that are finer then typical for older rugs from that region.

Wool also was a factor in the change. since the settlement separated the weaving families from a grazing life settle the weaver is now likely to buy her wool in the local market. The use of finer mill-spun yarn allows for finer rugs, thinner yarn makes smaller knots.

Colors have changed as well. For instance yellow and green are seen more frequently now since the weavers are buying commercially dyed yarn they have access to colors that were more difficult previously."

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Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver